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It can’t all be Singapore Math…

This tweet posted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (@NCTQ) caught my eye: Now, I've heard decomposing called "branching" but can't remember ever seeing this in a Singapore textbook. Where did this problem come from? It's nice that NCTQ recognizes Singapore's Math as "tops in the world." But it's discouraging to see methods and terminology that are not a part of the Singapore … [Keep Reading...]

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You Can Bar Model Anything!

A fourth grader at a school I worked with this year included this on a Christmas card for her teacher. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for an Outstanding New Year!   … [Keep Reading...]

Top 10 Tips


I get LOTS of questions from teachers and administrators with questions about the Singapore Math® program. Recently, several fellow trainers have reached out to seek my advice (Wow!). One asked: What would you are say the biggest 10 things to consider when using/implementing a Singapore Math curriculum? Here's my … [Keep Reading...]

Making Math Masters


My students love math class. In fact, many will tell you math is their favorite subject. Why? They’ll tell you it’s because Singapore math is fun. I’d say it’s because once they understand how math works, they become confident in their abilities. So what exactly is Singapore math? Wait, math from Singapore? Isn’t that … [Keep Reading...]

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Giving Thanks — Looking Back on 2014

I’ve just returned from my tenth consecutive week of travel and welcome the arrival of Thanksgiving. A brief break from out-of-town training and coaching jobs affords the opportunity to once again … [Keep Reading...]


Strip Models, Tape Diagrams, Bar Models, Oh My!

My session entitled Strip Models, Tape Diagrams, Bar Models, Oh My! has been accepted for both 2015 national conferences of the  National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National … [Keep Reading...]

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Singapore Math® Schools Share Success Stories

Excellence in Canadian math education — by way of Singapore The Head of School at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario explains why his school adopted Math from Singapore and how it differs … [Keep Reading...]

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Exciting Math News (even if it’s not Singaporean)

Here's the Proof that Math is Hot These Days  In a contribution to the Washington Post, Dominic Basulto says that Maryam Mirzakhani could do for mathematics what astronaut Sally Ride did for space … [Keep Reading...]

Northport Elementary builds Critical Thinking with Math AND the Arts

Here's an outstanding school I work with that is doing wonderful things with Singapore Mathematics...and now the Arts!  I'll share more about what these stellar students achieved in mathematics … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks

Blue=School Training; Yellow=BER Seminar or Conference; Green=School Training and BER Event; Red=SDE Conference

In each of the past few years, I've taken some time to reflect on the wonderful opportunities I've experienced during the preceding 12 months (Here are Giving Thanks reflections from 2012 and … [Keep Reading...]

Singapore Math teacher, trainer and consultant Cassandra Turner with teachers at the Association International School

This Thanksgiving, as is my custom, I’m again taking time to reflect on the amazing experiences that I have enjoyed over the past 12 months. It is so gratifying to have the opportunity to champion … [Keep Reading...]